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David Davies Railway Collection File
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Railways incorporated in British Columbia

File consists of an excerpt from "The Steam Chest" periodical, which contains a listing of every railway incorporated in British Columbia. The list does not include logging or other uncommon carrier lines unless they were incorporated as railways.

Pacific Great Eastern Railway (PGE) and BC Rail (BCR) maps

File consists of maps of the Pacific Great Eastern (PGE) and BC Rail (BCR) trackage in British Columbia, which consist of photocopy reproductions and hand drawn works by Davies. Includes maps of PGE/BCR track in various B.C. cities (Fort St. John, Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Squamish, 100 Mile House, Lillooet, Fort Nelson, Williams Lake, West Vancouver, Quesnel); maps of PGE/BCR track at various times (1973, 1986); and maps of the Dease Lake extension.

Surveying and tendering

File consists of documents relating to railway construction surveying and tendering, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes the following items, among others: an article from Trains magazine by R.M. Bailey entitled "On The Line" regarding CNR in BC; an article from Trains magazine by Fitsimons and Berns entitled "The Surveyor's Art"; and "Details about Survey Work, Cost Estimates, and Contract for Victoria & Sidney Railway" excerpted from book by Muralt.

Construction methods and men

File consists of documents relating to railway construction methods and workers, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes the following items, among others: "Size of Labour Force Employed by Railway Contractors in Period 1895-1925 in B.C." compiled by Davies; a "Report of the Commissioners in re: Crow's Nest Complaints" from Sessional Papers No. 90A; a table showing comparative "Length of Lines Constructed in BC: 1895-1925"; "Summary of Tunnels in B.C. 100 feet and greater" compiled by Davies; and "Fatalities in Railway Construction in British Columbia" compiled by Davies.

Construction of the Canadian Northern Railway

File consists of documents relating to railway construction equipment, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes articles entitled "Great Strike of 1912: The Early CNR Camps Proved Fertile Breeding Ground for a Union"; "[Construction of the Canadian Northern] Railway in Kamloops"; "The 1913 & 1914 Fraser River Slides"; "Port Mann, B.C. [as envisaged by Canadian Northern Railway, 1910-1920"; "Construction of Canadian Northern Railway in area between Valemount and Blue River between 1913-1915: Personal recollections of Mrs. Clemina Buckle"; and "The Best Route Through the Rockies" by Douglas Smith in Canadian Rail magazine. Also includes the following pieces compiled by Davies: "Construction of the Canadian Northern [Pacific] Railway within B.C."; "Colin Ewart Bolton (c. 1888 - c. 1960s): An early self-processing photographer of the Upper Thompson Valley"; "Canadian Northern Railway Construction Miles"; "The 'Lost City' of Peavine on the North Thompson River"; "Construction of Canadian Northern Railway North of Kamloops between Little Fort and McClure"; and "Bridges of Canadian Northern Railway".

Building the Kettle Valley Railway

File consists of documents relating to the construction of the Kettle Valley Railway (KVR), which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes a piece compiled by Davies entitled "Bread Ovens of Construction Works on the KVR c. 1913-1914".

Construction of the BC Southern Railway/Crow's Nest Pass Railway

File consists of documents relating to the construction of the BC Southern Railway/Crow's Nest Pass Railway (CPR), which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes excerpts entitled "Building the C.P.R. through Crow's Nest Pass" by Wolf; "Working on the Railway Gang Over Crow's Nest Pass" by Compton; and "Building the Crow's Nest Pass Railway, 1897-1899" by Eagle.

Fixed span bridges

File consists of research material regarding fixed span bridges, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes definitions of bridge types; building guides from model railroad magazines; listings of BC Rail, CNR, and GTPR bridges. Also includes pieces by Davies on covered rail bridges in B.C., "Combined Rail and Road Bridges in B.C.", and the "Kamloops-Armstrong CNR Branch Railway Over-Bridge at Campbell Creek".

New Westminster Drawbridge

File consists of research material regarding the New Westminster Railway Draw Bridge, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes technical specifications of the bridge, maps of the area, and newspaper articles regarding the bridge.

Second Narrows Drawbridge

File consists of research material regarding the Second Narrows Drawbridge, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes newspaper articles regarding the bridge, a chronology by Davies relating to the bridge and the Vancouver Harbour Commissioners (National Harbours Board); an article by Davies on the Second Narrows Railway Bridge; and an article by McGarry entitled "CN Rail Span Knock-Out" in the Canadian Rail journal.

Cisco Bridge

File consists of research material regarding the Cisco Bridge, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes an article by Meridew entitled "Bridging the Fraser at Cisco, 1882-1884"; clippings regarding a fire on the CNR Cisco Bridge in August 1977; facts about the bridge; and Canadian Rail article "The Cisco Bridge--A Relic of the Early Days of the CPR in British Columbia" by Meridew".

Freight houses

File consists of research material regarding freight houses, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals (mainly model railroading magazines). Includes the following pieces compiled by Davies: "CPR Freight Facilities, Downtown Vancouver"; "Weighing Freight"; and "Freight, Express, and Baggage".

Snow removal equipment

File consists of research material regarding railway snow removal equipment, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes information on ice cutter spreaders, snow plows, wedge plows, wing plows, steel plows, and wood plows. Contains a piece by Davies entitled "Snowplows in B.C. and elsewhere in Canada at 2007". Also includes issue no. 475 of Canadian Rail magazine, which features an article by W.H. Winterrowd entitled "Snow Fighting Equipment".

Diesel locomotives evolution, progression, comparisons, and builders

File consists of research material regarding diesel locomotives in general, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes information on early diesel locomotives; booster locomotives; builders of diesel locomotives; road switchers; AC versus DC power; diesel locomotive rosters; and the evolution of the diesel locomotive. Also includes issue no. 464 of Canadian Rail featuring articles on diesel engines.

CPR diesel locomotives

File consists of research material regarding Canadian Pacific Railway diesel locomotives, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes information on Fairbanks-Morse diesel locomotives; CP C-Liners; E&N dieselization; CP Rail switchers; and depictions of various CPR locomotives. Also includes a 1985 publication by Jim Hope entitled "Those Beautiful 'C' Liners: A Photo Album of 'C' Liners in British Columbia".

CNR diesel locomotives

File consists of research material regarding Canadian National Railways diesel locomotives, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes information on CN GP9s; the CN dieselization program; GE Dash 8 locomotives; SW1200RS locomotives; RS-3's and RS-10's; and many other depictions of various locomotive types.

Business and private coaches

File consists of research material regarding business cars and private coaches, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals.

BC Rail, 1990-1999

File consists of research material regarding BC Rail for the 1990-1999 period. Predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes the following works: "From Vancouver to Prince George to Prince Rupert, and back" by Zimmerman; "BC Rail Launches Dinner Train Service" by Smith and Johnson; and BC Rail updates in the Sandhouse journal. Also includes BC Rail passenger schedules for 1993 and 1990, as well as 1996, 1997, and 1998 schedules for BC Scenic Rail Tours (Royal Hudson, Whistler Explorer, Cariboo Prospector).

BC Rail under CN ownership, post-2004

File consists of research material regarding BC Rail line under CN ownership after 2004. Predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes the following works: "Kaoham Shuttle Continues BC Rail Passenger Tradition" by Ian Smith; "CN-BC Rail Partnership: The Right Fit" by CN; "Recalling a Vacation and Train Wreck at Seton Portage, 1969" by Davies; "BC Rail's Tough Future Focus of Special Conference" by Smith; and "BC Rail Handed to CN as Takeover Deal Approved" by Smith.

VIA Rail in British Columbia, 1983-1995

File consists of research material regarding VIA Rail in British Columbia in the period between 1983 and 1995. Predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes an article by Gerson entitled "VIA What?: Canada's Rail Passenger Service is Called Via but There are so Few Trains Remaining, it Probably means Via Bus or Via Plane"; "The VIA Cutbacks Announced October 4, 1989"; a map of VIA services and connections; a 1985 Malahat Railiner schedule; a 1988 national timetable; a 1995 E&N Railiner schedule; a punch-out train model of a LRC Coach; "The Last Canadian: Being One Person's Account of the Last Run of the Canadian on CP's Route Through the Mountains" by Lorne Nicklason; "VIA's 'Occidental Express'" by Gormick; "Via VIA: The Information Guide to VIA Rail Canada"; VIA Rail Annual Report 1987; and a 1994 national timetable.

Amtrak-VIA Rail connection

File consists of research material regarding VIA Rail's link with Amtrak, connecting Vancouver, BC with Seattle and Portland. Predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes Amtrak schedules for the Seattle/Vancouver route, "By Train to Seattle, Again: The Inaugural of the Mount Baker International" by Nicklason; and "Safe at any Speed: Amtrak asks FRA for Talgo Waiver".

Great Northern Railway in British Columbia: History, statistics, and general information

File consists of historical, statistical, and general material regarding the Great Northern Railway in British Columbia. Predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes the following works: "The Great Canadian Railway Bluff" by Webb; "Farewell, CB&Q, GN, NP, and SP&S; hello, BN: Merger musings prompted by what took place on March 2, 1970" by D.P. Morgan; "Dismantling of G.N.R. Tracks Within British Columbia" compiled by Davies; and "The Third Main Line of the Great Northern Railway" by Ewert. Also includes excerpts from passenger schedules.

Great Northern Railway in British Columbia (outside of the Lower Mainland)

File consists of research material regarding the Great Northern Railway in the British Columbia outside of the Lower Mainland. Predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes the following works: "GNR Branch Line: Oroville to Princeton" by Davies; "Bedlington & Nelson Railway, 1900-1914" by Davies; "G.N.R. Branch in the East Kootenays, 1902 to 1936: Rexford (Montana, USA)-Newgate (Border)-Elko-Fernie-Michel" by Davies; and "G.N.R. Midway to Oroville Line" by Davies.

Electricity generating stations in British Columbia, May 1928, in regards to B.C. street railways

File consists of excerpts from the Department of the Interior Water Resources Paper No. 55 entitled "Central Electric Stations in Canada: Part II--Directory (May 1, 1928)". Davies has excerpted information relating to electricity generating stations in British Columbia in regards to B.C. street railways.

White Pass & Yukon Railway

File consists of research material regarding the White Pass & Yukon Railway. Predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes the following works: "A Trip on the White Pass & Yukon Route - 1994" by Lacey; "White Pass' New Gold" by Zimmerman; "Taku Tramway, 1900 to 1937: BC's Shortest 'Short Line' Railway at 2.3 Miles" by Davies; "The White Pass & Yukon Route" by MacBride; "America's Only Modern Narrow Gauge: White Pass & Yukon has Revamped Everything But Its Gauge" by Morgan; "Canada's Newest Steam Operation" by Meldrum; "The WP&YR's Lewis Lake Disaster: an 1899 Engineering Blunder" by Johnson; "Gold Rush Line" by Bruce West; "The Amazing White Pass - Part Two: Riding the Mixed to Whitehorse and Back" by D'Amanto; "White Pass & Yukon Route and the Ton of Gold Special"; "The 'New' White Pass & Yukon Route: Will It Be Standard-Gauged?" by Johnson; "White Pass Storms to New Passenger Records" by Johnson; "White Pass Centennial: One Hundred Years and Getting Better" by Nicklason; "WY&PR's Yukon Adventure Train Reaches Carcross" by Johnson and Cooper; and "When the US Army Took Over the White Pass" by Douglas N.W. Smith.

Kelowna Pacific Railway

File consists of research material regarding the Kelowna Pacific Railway, which was created in 2000 from its predecessor, the CNR Okanagan Branch (which existed since February 15, 1926). Predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes information about the creation of the KPR, the CN Okanagan Branch, the CNR Lumby Branch, KPR diesel locomotives, and KPR freight operations. Also includes an article by Robertson and Elchlepp entitled "Rails in the Okanagan" and a booklet by Overend and Bardsley entitled "Along the KPR: A Short History of one of Canada's Newest Railroads".

Kaslo and Slocan Railway (3 foot narrow gauge)

File consists of research material regarding the 3-foot narrow gauge Kaslo and Slocan Railway, prior to the standard gauging of 1912-1914. Predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes the following works: "Narrow Gauge in the Kootenays" by Hearn and "The K&S Railway" by Hearn and Wilkie.

Baggage and express services

File consists of material regarding baggage and express services for rail passengers. Predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes information regarding baggage wagons, freight weight rates, freight houses, and the Canadian Pacific Express Company.

Railway Post Office

File consists of research material regarding Railway Post Offices (RPOs). Predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes the following works: "Railway Post Offices" by R. Thurlow Fraser; "Railway Mail Service in British Columbia" notes by Davies; "RPOs in British Columbia" notes by Jack Wallace; "Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway Passenger Trains and R.P.O.s" by Jack Wallace; and "Catching and Throwing the Mail" by Ted Lamson. Also includes information on postal services on the E&N, RPO cancellation stamps, mail cars, mail cranes and catchers, and mail sorting.

Rail freight transport overview

File consists of general material regarding rail freight transport. Predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes information about L.C.L. (Less-Than-Carload) service, freight way bills, car loading statistics, freight customers in British Columbia, freight revenue, freight car pooling, the effect of the 2008 recession on freight traffic, and freight on short lines. Also includes a 1969 CN booklet of "Car Sealing Instructions" and a 2004 publication by Jeff Wilson entitled "The Model Railroader's Guide to Industries Along the Tracks".

Freight loads in transit

File consists of material regarding rail freight in transit. Predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes information about unusual freight loads, open loads, shipments of smaller locomotives on flatcars, unsecured loads, and LCL (Less-Than-Carload) freight.

Freight loading and discharging devices

File consists of material regarding freight loading and discharging devices. Predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes information about coal unloaders, rotary dumping, lumber loading, ore loading, loading and unloading of grain, and team tracks.

Freight by industry: Coal mining

File consists of material regarding freight transport for the coal mining industry. Predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes the following works: "Once Accursed the Crowsnest Blooms" by G. Patrick Green; "Coal Mines of Vancouver Island" compiled by Davies; "How Strong is Coal?" by Andy Cummings; "Coal Mines in the East Kootenays of B.C." compiled by Davies; "Coal From the Crowsnest: How Canadian Pacific moves British Columbia Bituminous" by John Garden; "Cumberland: Coal-dust Memories Stir a Sleepy Village" by McGill and Strong; "Quintette Mine: The Heart of North East Coal"; and "Where's That Coal Train Going?" by Tom Murray.

Freight by industry: Coke ovens

File consists of material regarding freight transport for the coke fuel industry. Predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes information about coke ovens at Union Bay, Fernie, and Michel.

Freight by industry: Ore smelting

File consists of material regarding freight transport for the ore smelting industry. Predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes information about the Granby smelter at Anyox and Grand Forks, the Trail and Kimberley zinc and lead smelter mines, the Rio Tinto Alcan aluminum smelter at Kitimat, and the Greenwood copper smelter.

Freight by industry: Lumber/plywood

File consists of material regarding freight transport for the lumber and plywood industries. Predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes information about sawmills in British Columbia, lumber reload centres, companies that transport lumber by rail, Mountain Pine Lumber box cars, sawmill closures, the Council of Forest Industries of BC, and Fraser Mills in Coquitlam. Also includes a "List of Sawmills/Plywood Plants in BC since 1960s" compiled by Davies.

Freight by industry: Cement, bricks, glass, gypsum, and limestone

File consists of material regarding freight transport for the cement, brick, glass, gypsum, and limestone industries. Predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes information about Lafarge Cement, limestone quarrying in British Columbia, the cement industry at Kamloops, Clayburn Brickworks near Abbotsford, the limestone quarry and kiln at Pavilion, gravel processing, the Tilbury Cement Company, the gypsum mine in Falkland, and railway ballast quarries.

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